REDISTRICTION OF MICHIGAN
Michigan redistribution commission to vote on card projects
LANSING, Michigan (AP) – After seven weeks of mapping, Michigan’s new redistribution commission is starting to vote on draft congressional and legislative plans. The maps, while not final and subject to future revisions, will give early guidance on the panel’s approach after voters empower it – not lawmakers – to draw lines to minimize gerrymandering. partisan. The commission is in crisis because of an unprecedented delay of more than four months in the census data needed for the decennial redistribution process. Once several draft congressional and legislative maps are approved in the coming days, the public will be able to give their opinion in five hearings.
Detroit Museum Hosts Black Men’s Narrative Exhibit
DETROIT (AP) – An exhibition that advances the narrative of black men through art, photography and story is coming to Detroit. The public opening of “Men of Change: Power. Triumph. Truth.” The exhibit is scheduled for Sunday at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History. It is part of an exhibition tour created by the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service. The Ford Motor Co. Fund is also involved in two community initiatives – the Men of Courage Leadership Forum and Men of Courage Barbershop Challenge – related to the exhibition. The Barber Shop Challenge is an extension of the local Men of Courage program launched in 2015.
MNR to discuss plans for seed orchard at public meeting
GENOA TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) – Plans to reclaim two plots of land in Genoa Township in Livingston County for use as a seed orchard will be the subject of a public meeting at the Michigan Department of Natural Resources. The meeting is scheduled for Tuesday at Brighton High School. The 50-acre and 77-acre plots are located near the MNR Tree Improvement Center. Both were listed as surplus and intended for auction. MNR indicates that the steps include completing a current timber sale, contouring the land through a mining lease, and then planting and maintaining trees on the property.
Popular amusement park site for sale in Southwest Michigan
COLOMA, Michigan (AP) – A decades-long popular rural amusement park in southwest Michigan is up for auction. Visitors could pet animals, ride a Ferris wheel, or work out and listen to music at Deer Forest in Coloma. The 25-acre site in Berrien County is for sale, along with many buildings in disrepair but still standing. Rick Levin of Rick Levin & Associates says a lot of people called him with fond memories of Deer Forest. He says it could be a good place for new homes. The suggested opening bid is $ 450,000, although the property has been valued at $ 3.2 million. The deadline for the sealed auction is October 14.
SUMMER TOURISM EXCHANGE
Tourism in Traverse City is strong during the 2021 holiday season
TRAVERSE CITY, Michigan (AP) – Tourists passed through Traverse City at a steady pace during the 2021 holiday season. But the hospitality industry still faced a bumpy road as the COVID-19 pandemic lingered . Traverse City Tourism CEO Trevor Tkach said that towards the end of the summer the region started to see occupancy figures similar to 2019, “which was a relief… because it was a pretty disappointing start. in 2021, consistent with what we had been in 2020 with the pandemic. ” The occupancy rate of hotel rooms before the pandemic in 2019 was high. Figures in 2020 have been depressed due to travel and meeting restrictions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
7 arrests, 4 police injured in skirmish in homeless camp
KALAMAZOO, Mich. (AP) – Seven protesters were arrested and four police officers were injured in a skirmish at a homeless camp in Kalamazoo. The clash came two days after police removed people from the camp and signs were posted warning that enforcement of trespassing measures would begin at noon and noon on Friday. Activists were present when agents from the Kalamazoo Public Security Department arrived and told everyone to leave. According to the police, the activists clashed violently with the officers. Three were cited for trespassing and seven others were jailed and charged with trespassing, resisting arrest and obstructing justice. A person also faces a felony charge of assaulting an officer.
FEEDING VETO BIRDS
Whitmer veto bill to ease bird feeding restrictions
GAYLORD, Mich. (AP) – Governor Gretchen Whitmer has vetoed a bill that would have relaxed restrictions on bird feeding in areas where deer and elk roam. Whitmer says the bill clashes with state efforts to prevent certain animals from congregating and spreading disease. Feeding birds is not illegal. But it is illegal to take out food that may attract or attract deer. Representative Ken Borton’s bill would have explicitly allowed people to place or spread food within 300 feet of their homes. The Department of Natural Resources and the Michigan Farm Bureau opposed the bill. Years ago, Borton was accused of not doing enough to keep deer from feeding in Otsego County. He said the case was dismissed.
Judge: man accused of shooting soldier will remain in jail
FINDLAY, Ohio (AP) – A Michigan man charged with causing a shooting that seriously injured an Ohio State soldier during a traffic stop will remain jailed without bail. A judge rendered his ruling on Friday during the initial appearance of Robert Tramaine Hathorn. The 42-year-old Muskegon man is charged with aggravated theft with a deadly weapon. It is not known whether he retained the services of a lawyer. Authorities say Private Josef Brobst stopped Hathorn’s car for speeding Wednesday night on Interstate 75 near Findlay, and Brobst asked Hathorn to get out of the vehicle because it smelled of marijuana. Authorities said the pair were standing behind the patrol cruiser when they began to struggle for the soldier’s service weapon and Brobst was shot in the lower body.
SALARIES IN FORCE
Whitmer Reinstates Wages On State Projects
LANSING, Mich. (AP) – Governor Gretchen Whitmer has said Michigan will pay higher “in force” wages on state building projects, three years after Republican lawmakers repealed a long-standing law that demanded a better salary. The Democratic governor said Thursday that overturning the law did not prevent him from implementing an existing wage policy for state contracts. She calls it “good policy” and one that benefits workers and government. The announcement drew criticism from conservative groups and an association of non-union entrepreneurs which funded a ballot initiative that allowed lawmakers to repeal the law. They say Whitmer’s decision is illegal. A trial seems likely.
VIRUS-WMU SPORTS OUTBREAK
WMU loses appeal over athletes and demand for virus vaccine
KALAMAZOO, Mich. (AP) – A federal appeals court has ruled in favor of Western Michigan University athletes. They sued to play sports without getting the COVID-19 vaccine, citing religious reasons. The appeals court refused to freeze a decision by a judge who said the WMU’s vaccination policy likely violated the constitutional right to follow a religion. The appeals court said at least 16 athletes requested religious exemption but were ignored or denied. WMU may require that they wear a mask or be regularly tested for COVID-19, under an injunction from a Grand Rapids judge. In their lawsuit, the athletes say they are “staunch Christians” who believe the Bible and their faith prevent them from getting the COVID-19 vaccine.
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